Survivor 2015 Second Chance cast member Jeremy Collins had the dubious honor of being considered so much of a threat on Survivor San Juan del Sur that he was blindsided by his own alliance members. A strong physical competitor in the game, he was the first person to win an Exile Dual. Banished from the game in 10th place last time around, Jeremy says he is “totally ready” to take it all the way to the end on Survivor Cambodia.

Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance Cast Then & Now - Jeremy Collins (CBS)
Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance Cast Then & Now – Jeremy Collins (CBS)

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Jeremy Collins spent 10 years trying to get onto the series before he was finally cast on Survivor San Juan Del Sur with his wife Valesay “Val” Collins in a ‘Blood vs. Water’ type season. Before the show began, he put himself on a harsh deprivation diet to get used to the constant hunger of being a Survivor contestant. Now that’s dedication!

On Survivor 2015 Second Chance, Jeremy Collins will be part of the Bayon Tribe (pink/magenta), along with Joe Anglim, Ciera Eastin, Andrew Savage, Kass McQuillen, Keith Nale, Kimmi Kappenberg, Monica Padilla, Stephen Fishbach, and Tasha Fox. (Full Survivor Second Chance cast list.)

Put up against his wife Val in the first hero dual of San Juan Del Sur, Jeremy won handily, exiling his wife and fellow Hunahpu tribe member Keith Nale. He was voted out of the competition in 10th place when some of his own alliance members deemed him too dangerous, and was the second jury member of the season.

Jeremy will be joined by two other castmates of his former season on Survivor 2015 Second Chance, Keith Naile and Kelley Wentworth. This could mean potential allies for him, especially since Keith will be on his starting tribe. However, he did call Keith stupid more than once, so he might find that a bit difficult to overcome.

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Jeremy Collins isn’t just a tough guy on Survivor, he’s just as tough in real life. He never played college football but still managed to make it into the professional indoor football league. A firefighter for many years, Jeremy isn’t afraid to stare danger in the face. He promised to be a “monster at physical challenges” before his first season of Survivor, and he made good on that promise.

Unfortunately for Jeremy, his athleticism and strong personality ended up making him a big target before he could make it to the end of the game last time around. He plans to shake up his strategy a bit for Survivor Second Chance, and that all started with even harsher deprivation training pre-season. Instead of looking like a fierce, buff guy who could kick your butt, Jeremy wanted to come into Survivor 2015 with a much less threatening look.

“I stopped working out for the last month. I stopped eating. I’m down 15 pounds. I feel so weak and so small,” Jeremy told “I want people to look at me like I’m not that big,” he said. “I’m good enough to compete, but my body, my legs, everything is smaller.”

While the other Survivor men are out there lifting weights and getting in the best shape they can for the show, Jeremy had another strategy in mind. “I wanted to do it different,” he told Parade, “I wanted to come in as a smaller guy. I’m still strong, I’m still fast, I’m still fit, but my physical appearance is smaller.”

Will Jeremy’s desire to come across as less of a threat to the other players this season pay off? We’ll have to wait and see when Survivor Cambodia Second Chance debuts on September 23, 2015.

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